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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dimly, indistinctlyadverb

    in a dim indistinct manner

    "we perceived the change only dimly"

  2. pallidly, palely, dimlyadverb

    in a manner lacking interest or vitality

    "a palely entertaining show"

  3. dimly, murkilyadverb

    with a dim light

    "a dimly lit room"


  1. dimlyadverb

    in a dim manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dimlyadverb

    Etymology: from dim.

    Unspeakable! who sitt’st above these heav’ns,
    To us invisible, or dimly seen,
    In these thy lowest works. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    In the beginning of our pumping the air, the match appeared well lighted, though it had almost filled the receiver with its plentiful fumes; but by degrees it burnt more and more dimly. Robert Boyle, Spring of the Air.

    I saw th’ angelick guards from earth ascend,
    Griev’d they must now no longer man attend;
    The beams about their temples dimly shone;
    One would have thought the crime had been their own. Dry.


  1. dimly

    Dimly is an adverb that generally refers to something done, seen or understood faintly, weakly, vaguely or with only a small amount of light, clarity, intensity or strength. This can refer to physical lighting conditions, but also to more abstract concepts like understanding or memory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dimlyadverb

    in a dim or obscure manner; not brightly or clearly; with imperfect sight

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dimly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dimly in a Sentence

  1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    We see but dimly through the mists and vapors Amid these earthly damps What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers May be heaven's distant lamps.

  2. Thomas Carlyle:

    Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

  3. Edwin P. Whipple:

    An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.

  4. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry:

    I braced myself, went in. The room was dimly lit, unfamiliar - I ’d been inside it only once in my life. I moved ahead uncertainly, and there she was. I stood, frozen, staring. I stared and stared. It was difficult, but I kept on, thinking how I ’d regretted not seeing my mother at the end. Years of lamenting that lack of proof, postponing my grief for want of proof. Now I thought : Proof. Careful what Chris Jackson/Getty Images Harry wish for.

  5. Herbert Hensley Henson:

    Men are doubtful and skeptical about the Church they suspect and dislike the clergy they are impatient of theological systems but for Jesus Christ, as he stand out to view in the sacred pages, as they dimly realize him in their own best selves, as they catch faint traces of him in the lives of his saints, they have no other sentiments than those of respect and affection.

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